Monthly Prayer – November

Feast of St. Willibrord (658-739)

St Willibrord was the first of the great Anglo-Saxon missionaries to Europe.  He was known, not only for devotion to preaching the Gospel, but also for his joyfulness of character and holiness of life.

Opening Prayer:

O God, you have set before us a great hope

that your kingdom will come on earth,

and have taught us to pray for its coming.

We thank you for the signs of its dawning,

and we pray and work for the perfect day

when your will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Scripture      Romans 12:5-16

5So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Luke 14:13-24

13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’

15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, ‘Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.’

16 Jesus replied: ‘A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, “Come, for everything is now ready.”

18 ‘But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, “I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.”

19 ‘Another said, “I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.”

20 ‘Still another said, “I have just got married, so I can’t come.”

21 ‘The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.”

22 ‘“Sir,” the servant said, “what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.”

23 ‘Then the master told his servant, “Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.”’

 

Reflection

Luke demonstrates (to his mainly gentile, well-to-do audience) the inclusive nature of Jesus’s kingdom banquet.  He shows that God, through Jesus, was faithful to promises made to Israel but in an unexpected way, to include gentiles, the unclean, the poor, women, Samaritans, rich tax-collectors, and other outcasts and late-comers.

(from the New Jerome Bible Handbook)

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Intercessions

 

Blessing

The blessing of the Trinity….

the blessing of God

who is in this place and every place;

the blessing of Jesus

who is among us, often unrecogtnised;

the blessing of the Holy Spirit

encouraging us to welcome, and to feel at home;

…be with us all.

As we leave this place, may our life in community reflect the dance of the Trinity, by which the world is blessed.

Amen.

                   Prayers adapted from Iona Abbey Worship Book

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Monthly Prayers – October 2017

Awaken to the mystery of being here, and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.  (John O’Donohue)

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Opening Prayer:

O God of the poor and meek, form us into people who do not conform to the patterns of this world but who conform to the norms of your upside-down kingdom.  Give us the eyes to see you in those who suffer.  Surprise us in the faces of the least of these.  Move us into the margins of this world, and help us to find you there, in your most distressing disguises.

                             (Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals)

 

Scripture      Zechariah 8:20-23

20 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, the inhabitants of many cities; 21 the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, “Come, let us go to entreat the favour of the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts; I myself am going.” 22 Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favour of the Lord. 23 Thus says the Lord of hosts: In those days ten men from nations of every language shall take hold of a Jew, grasping his garment and saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”

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Luke 9:51-62

51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to

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make ready for him; 53 but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 Then they went on to another village.

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 

Reflection

The latter half of Luke’s gospel, as Jesus embarks on his great journey to his death at Jerusalem, is marked by his teaching on the difficulties and challenges of discipleship.  Right at the beginning comes the little lesson that the disciple must not be surprised, or take vengeance, at rejection.  Then, three lessons on the uncompromising demands of discipleship.  These are not “counsels of perfection”, but demanded of every disciple of Jesus…… These conditions may seem unfeeling and unacceptably harsh: Jesus expresses his teaching with maximum vigour.  This is partly the nature of the Semitic language, which rarely uses a comparative.  It is either day or night, no dusk!  But we must beware of softening what must remain hard.

          From “The Sunday Word” by Henry Wansborough OSB 

Intercessions

 

Closing Prayer

 

Lord, make us to walk in your way;

where there is love and wisdom,

there is neither fear nor ignorance;

where there is patience and humility,

there is neither anger nor annoyance;

where there is poverty and joy,

there is neither greed nor ambition;

where there is peace and true prayer,

there is neither care nor restlessness;

where there is the fear of God to guard the heart,

there no enemy can enter;

where there is mercy and prudence,

there is neither excess nor harshness;

this we know through the example

of him who laid down his life for us,

your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

                   (Saint Francis of Assissi: “The Admonitions XXVII”)

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Monthly Prayers – September 2017

Opening Prayer:

Longing for light, we wait in darkness,

longing for truth, we turn to you.

Make us your own, your holy people,

Light for the world to see.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in our hearts.  Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in your church gathered today.

                                                (Bernadette Farrell)

Scripture      1 Thess 5:1-11

(The first New Testament book to be written, about 50AD)

5 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.

So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.

For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him.

11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

Luke 4:31-37

31 He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. 32 They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority.

33 In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm.

36 They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!” 37 And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.

Reflections  

When we have created time for sanctuary in life, then the interior landscape of our life will be more clearly revealed to us, both its bright side and its dark side.  To stay with what we see there requires courage to face, not only the light, but also the darkness of the human heart.  Such contemplation involves real pain and, to find contemplative happiness, we must be willing to wrestle with demons.  The good news is that we have sure guides to help us through this painful but rewarding process.

          From “Finding Happiness” by Christopher Jamison OSB

 

Christ is the morning star who, when the darkness of this world is past, brings to his saints the promise of the light of life and opens everlasting day.

          (The Venerable Bede)

Intercessions

For those who watch and wait and weep today.

Closing Prayer 

May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  God has called you, and he will not fail you. (1 Thess 5:23-24)

And may the glory of the Lord shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path, that you may ever walk in his light.  Amen.             (David Adam)

 

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